PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Deeply Concerned Over Fate of Uyghur Musician Abdurehim Heyit

Press Release – For immediate release
11 February 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is deeply concerned about the welfare of prominent Uyghur musician and poet Abdurehim Heyit, after it was reported that he had passed away in Chinese custody on February 9th, in a statement released by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Weekly Brief February 8th

World Uyghur Congress, 8 February 2019

WUC, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and ISHR Call for UN Fact-Finding Mission to East Turkistan in Joint Statement and Press Conference

On 4 February 2019 , the WUC joined Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights in issuing a joint statement calling on the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution establishing an international inquiry on East Turkistan to investigate the serious human rights violations occurring there, especially in the internment camps at its upcoming session in February/March 2019.
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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Remembers the Victims and Calls for Action on the 22nd Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre

Press Release – For immediate release
4 February 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress remember the victims of the Ghulja Massacre, on the 22nd anniversary of the incident where hundreds of Uyghurs were killed, arrested or wounded as Chinese security forces violently cracked down on peaceful Uyghur protestors. The date remains a watershed moment in terms of the treatment of Uyghurs in East Turkistan by the Chinese government, and foreshadowed the persecution that would last for years afterwards.

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International & ISHR Issue Joint Statement

Press Release – For immediate release
4 February 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org 

The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution establishing an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang, the region of China where up to one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily detained, a group of nongovernmental organizations said in a joint statement to UN member states today.

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PRESS RELEASE: World Uyghur Congress, UNPO and Norwegian Uyghur Committee Nominate Ilham Tohti for the Rafto Prize

Press Release – For immediate release
28 January 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

In recognition for his tireless work in raising the human rights concerns of the Uyghur people and for promoting peaceful interethnic dialogue in China, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and Norwegian Uyghur Committee (NUK) have nominated Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti for the Rafto Prize. The Rafto Prize is awarded annually to recognize the work of human rights defenders and to shed light on serious human rights violations.

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WUC Joins NGO Coalition in Calling on Belgian Newspaper Le Soir to Stop Publishing Chinese Propaganda Articles

Press Release – For immediate release
24 January 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has joined the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), la Ligue des droits Humains, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisations (UNPO) and the Tibetan Community of Belgium in sending an open letter to the Director General and Editing Director of Belgian Newspaper Le Soir, Oliver De Raeymaeker, urging him to stop publishing propaganda inserts from official Chinese press bodies in his newspaper.

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Civil Society & Scholars Call on China to Immediately Release Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti Five Years After Arrest

World Uyghur Congress, 14 January 2019

On the five year anniversary of the arrest of Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti, civil society is calling for China to grant his immediate release and to heed calls for the release of an untold number of Uyghur scholars currently detained.

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PRESS RELEASE: China Must Allow Unfettered Access to All Political Indoctrination Camps in East Turkistan

World Uyghur Congress, 7 January 2019

The World Uyghur Congress implores the international community to press for unfettered access to East Turkistan as well as to all camps where up to two million Uyghurs and other Turkic groups are arbitrarily held, following a recent indication from a Party member that the UN may be granted access.

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